Tulsa, OK – The head of the Tulsa Utility Authority pushes for water and sewer rate increases. Chairman Rick Hudson says Tulsa's 52-year-old sewer treatment plant is in need of an upgrade. He says without the increase, the plant will fall into disrepair, much like Tulsa's streets.
The rate hikes are a part of the proposed budget now before the city council. Under the proposal water rates would increase seven-percent, while sewer rates would go up 10-percent.
Fort Gibson, OK – FORT GIBSON, Okla. (AP) Searchers have found the body of a 31-year-old missing hiker in a 10-foot-deep pool of water in a cave near Fort Gibson. Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault says the body of Joseph Rolands was found about 8:30 p.m. yesterday, about 12 hours after the search began for Rolands. Chennault says Rolands had drowned.
Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Denied in its first attempt, Oklahoma is applying again for federal Race to the Top education funds. Gov. Brad Henry signed the state's second application yesterday, seeking $175 million. Oklahoma's newest bid could be more competitive than its first because of two reasons a state law that backs promised reform efforts and the fact that fewer states are applying for the funds.
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa plays host to a national symposium starting tomorrow. It is Reconciliation in America---moving beyond racial violence. Tulsan Julius Pegues is helping coordinate the event. He says the symposium will discuss Tulsa's 1921-riot and other topics.
The symposium will be held at the downtown Doubletree Hotel and will run through Thursday.
Pegues was a guest today on Studio Tulsa with Rich Fisher.
Omaha, NE – OMAHA, Neb. (AP) A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states, including Oklahoma, continues to signal go for the regional economy. In a report released late yesterday, the May Business Conditions Index for the Mid-America region rose for the sixth month in a row, to 64.2 in May from 61.7 in April. The index, which ranges from zero to 100, is overseen by Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss.